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French festivals surpass attendance record in 2019

French festivals surpassed their total attendance record once again after welcoming more than 7.5 million people to the 100 largest gatherings in the country during 2019.

The number has increased from 7.2 million festival-goers in 2018, a rise of five-per-cent and is up 10-per-cent since 2017, according to Tous les Festivals yearly report.

The Festival Interceltique de Lorient, which celebrates Celtic culture, received the largest number of punters in total, with 800,000 visitors passing through its gates, which equates to around 80,000 per day.

The top 13 festivals exceeded 150,000 festival-goers, and include La Fête de L’Humanité , Les Vieilles Charrues, and Jazz in Marciac.

Garorock, La Foire aux Vins d’Alsace and Printemps de Bourges also fall into the category of festivals that welcomed more than 150,000 festival-goers in 2019.

This year, several new festivals entered the market, including Tomorrowland Winter, which had 25,000 festival-goers, V&B Fest, which hosted 36,000 music fans for its first complete edition, and the traveling festival Knotfest, which accounts for more than 37,000 festival-goers.

Rio Loco and the Trans Musicales de Rennes lost between five- and eight-per-cent of total attendance, but attract more than 50,000 festival-goers each year.

The American Tours Festival and Lollapalooza Paris both lost more than 20 per cent of attendance, which is a quarter less compared to 2018.